TOKYO — Japanese whalers are discussing plans ahead of their July 1 resumption of commercial hunting along the northeastern coasts for the first time in three decades.
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Their preparation follows Japan’s decision in December to leave the International Whaling Commission, abandoning hope of gaining support within the organization that has largely become a home for conservationists.
The Fisheries Agency says whalers in six coastal towns are to bring five vessels to form a joint fleet to sail along the northeastern coasts beginning July 1, one day after Japan formally withdraws from the IWC.
Japan will stop its much-criticized hunts in the Antarctic, where it had conducted so-called research hunts since the IWC imposed moratorium in the 1980s.
Japan has cut back on its catch due to limited whale meat consumption at home.
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